Faculty - College of Arts and Sciences

Our faculty embrace the USF mission of educating the whole person — both heart and mind. Our professors pursue an ambitious agenda of research, teaching, and service. As scholars, they take on some of the world’s most challenging issues and problems.

In the classroom, they bring compassion and academic rigor. Outside the classroom, they are engaged professionals, making contributions to their communities and their respective fields. 

Bernadette Barker-Plummer

Professor
(415) 422-6187

Bernadette Barker-Plummer received her PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, her MA from the University...

Education:

BA, Edinburgh University in Scotland | MA, University of Texas at Austin | PhD, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Courses:

Communication for Change, Media Theory & Criticism, Media Research, Media Internship, Directed Study, Politics & the Media, Gender & the Media, Undoing Gender

Tracy Benning

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5445

Professor Benning received her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology. Her research...

Education:

PhD, University of Colorado

Courses:

Accelerated Intro to GIS, Master's Project, Understanding our Environment w/lab, Laboratory, Intro to Geospat. Tech. w/lab, Laboratory, UG Special Topics w/Lab, Laboratory, Methods of Environmental Monitoring w/Lab, Laboratory, Advanced Undergraduate Research

Gregory Benson

Professor
(415) 422-5066

Professor Benson's research areas include operating systems, parallel computing, and programming languages. He has designed and developed several run-time systems and tools for parallel programming languages and libraries.

Education:

PhD from the University of California, Davis

Expertise:

Operating Systems, Parallel Computing, Programming Languages

Courses:

Computer Architecture, Laboratory, Operating Systems, Laboratory, Directed Reading & Research, Directed Reading and Research, Systems Foundations, Operating Systems, Directed Reading and Research

Liat Berdugo

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4301

Liat Berdugo is an artist, writer, and curator whose work strives to create an expanded, thoughtful consideration for digital culture. Berdugo has...

Education:

MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Digital + Media, 2013 | BA, Brown University, Mathematics, Philosophy, 2008

Courses:

Visual Communication II, Digital Media Design, Special Topics, Directed Study/Research, Design Internship, Senior Design Project, Special Topics, Davies Seminar

Paula Birnbaum

Professor
(415) 422-5167

Paula Birnbaum is an Associate Professor of Arts History/Arts Management at USF. Paula is a specialist in modern and contemporary art and holds a...

Education:

PhD, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College | MA, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College | BA, History of Art and French Literature, Bowdoin College

Courses:

Museum Studies I, Modern & Contemporary Art, Women & Art, Special Topics, Directed Study/Research, Museum Studies: History/Theory

Michael Bloch

Professor
(415) 422-4894

Professor Bloch is a cognitive neuropsychologist who received his PhD in 1989. His research investigates hemispheric asymmetry and integration in...

Education:

PhD, 1989

Expertise:

Brain and Behavior, Human Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Learning and Memory, Cognition, Psychology of Reading and Dyslexia, Psychology of Dreaming, Statistics, General Psychology

Courses:

Psychological Statistics, Research Design, Biological Psychology, Perspectives in Psychology, ART: Advanced Research Topics, Advanced Research Methods, Directed Reading and Research; Independent Study

Jessica Blum

Assistant Professor

Jessica Blum earned her PhD from Yale University in 2015, where her dissertation, a study of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, focused on the...

Education:

PhD, Yale University | MA, MPhil, Classical Philology, Yale University | BA, Classics, Trinity College Dublin

Courses:

Ancient Epic: The Art of War, Pop Culture in Greece & Rome, Ancient Greece & Rome, Language in Ancient Rome, Language and Power, Directed Reading and Research

William Bosl

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4638

Dr. William (Bill) Bosl, Associate Professor of Health Informatics and Clinical Psychology at the University of San Francisco. His primary research focus is on clinical neurophysiology and neurodiagnostics. In 2018 Professor Bosl was appointed Visiting Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In May 2018, the Scientific Reports journal released a groundbreaking study, led by Dr. Bosl, together with his colleagues at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital, that...

Education:

PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, Boston University School of Medicine | PhD, Geophysics, Stanford University | MA, Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh | MS, Atmospheric Physics, University of Michigan | BS, Chemistry, Miami University

Courses:

Perspectives on Health Informatics, Statistical Computing for Biomedical Data Analytics, Capstone Project in Health Informatics, Project in Health Informatics, Graduate Directed Study, Clinical Dissertation Proposal Seminar, Biological Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Screening, Statistics for the Social Sciences, Clinical Dissertation Seminar

Hana Böttger

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4690

Hana Mori Böttger teaches physics, design, structural analysis, construction materials, integrated design and international development courses for...

Education:

MS University of California at Berkeley, 2000 | MArch University of California at Berkeley, 2002

Courses:

Introduction to Construction Materials, Nicaragua Outreach Immersion, Introduction to Structural Engineering, Engineering, Design and Testing, Directed Study/Research, Thesis Preparation Seminar, Honors Thesis Seminar, Special Topics, Concepts in Physics, Laboratory

Thomas Böttger

Professor
(415) 422-5716

Tom Böttger studies optical, dynamical, and magnetic properties of solids, specifically optical materials doped with rare earth ions. This work is...

Education:

PhD in Physics, Montana State University - Bozeman, 2002

Courses:

Introductory Physics I, Introductory Physics II, General Physics I, Physics by Inquiry, Laboratory, Electronics, Intro to Digital Electronics, Physics Colloquium, Directed Study for Advanced Undergraduates

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